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State’s high school graduation rate reaches all-time high

State’s high school graduation rate reaches all-time high

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Department of Education announced Monday Louisiana’s four-year high school graduation rate achieved a record high in 2014, increasing for the fourth straight year to reach 74.6 percent, a 1.1 percentage point increase from 2013 and a 3.2 percentage point increase since 2011.

The 2014 graduation rate of 74.6 percent marks a nearly 10 percentage point increase in less than a decade.
In the class of 2014, nearly 1,600 more students graduated than did in the class of 2013, and nearly 3,440 more students than in 2011.

Of the nearly 1,600 additional students graduating in 2014, more than 1,200 are of a minority racial group and more than 1,230 are from low-income backgrounds. Graduation rates for students of color improved by 2 percentage points, nearly doubling the state’s overall improvement.

From 2013 to 2014, the graduation rate for students with disabilities also significantly improved, seeing a 6.1 point increase.

“This increase in the number of students graduating from high school in four years is a great sign for our state and a true testament to the hard work and devotion teachers, principals, and families across Louisiana,” said State Superintendent John White. “The increases realized by our districts and schools are more evidence our state cannot afford to go backwards.”

Districts made great strides in improving student outcomes. In 2013-2014, thirty-two (32) districts posted cohort graduation rates above 80 percent, up from 13 in 2011. Additionally, 52 districts increased their cohort graduation rates from 2013 to 2014, with 47 of those districts increasing at a rate faster than the state increase of 1.1 percentage points.

On the local level, Lafourche Parish however showed a slight decrease from 2012-2013, (81.4%) to 2013-2014, (81.3%), down 0.1% change, while Terrebonne Parish was down 4.9 percent, 80.9 in 2012-2013, to 76.0 in 2013-2014.